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by Verga, Giovanni

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TitleThe house by the medlar-tree
Author / Responsible partyVerga, Giovanni
GenreDomestic fiction, Historical fiction.
TopicsDomestic fiction, Historical fiction. Italy -- Fiction
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


In a nineteenth century Sicilian fishing village, the Malavoglia family gambles everything on being able to profit from a cargo of lupin nuts. The cargo is lost at sea and a succession of misfortunes and tragedies assails the family. A masterpiece of social commentary hailed within Italy but neglected by the wider world, The House by the Medlar Tree ranks alongside the works of Zola, Dickens or Balzac among the great books of European literature. The book is the inspiration behind the 1948 film 'La Terra Trema' ('The Earth Trembles'), one of the earliest works of the great Italian director Luchino Visconti. - Summary by Tom Denholm

Additional Information

System control numberS14565
Original Print PublisherNew York : Harper & Brothers, 1890.
NarratorTom Denholm.
Narrator NameTom Denholm.
Participant or performer noteTom Denholm.
Narrators GenderMale narrator